Foundation: Founded in 1993, the Japanese Garden Society was established to bring together those interested in appreciating and learning more about Japanese gardens. Soon after formation, the Society was honoured when, in early 1994, Sir Hugh Cortazzi a former British Ambassador to Japan, kindly agreed to become our President.
Current Status: Whilst the JGS started as a UK National Society, it has attracted interest from overseas, and now there are members in several countries including the USA, France, Denmark, Australia, Republic of Ireland and Japan. The JGS has become probably the leading Society based outside Japan for the study and promotion of Japanese gardens.
External Relations: As the Society has become more established, links with several other organisations have developed and continue to develop. These include the Japanese Embassy in London, the Japan Society in various parts of the country, The Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Landscape groups in Japan. Our aim is to become and be seen as an authority on Japanese gardens in the UK.
Future Development: To continue the focus on our members, with the publication of our esteemed journal, Shakkei, and provision of meetings, outings, garden visits, study tours etc. for membersí participation and enjoyment. In addition, to become more involved with external organisations, particularly in the design and development of Japanese gardens in public places where they can be properly managed and maintained. Also to promote a better understanding of Japanese gardens through talks, lectures and workshops for public attendance.
How the Society is Run: The Society is managed and run by a National Committee of volunteer members. We have several Regional groups running events and activities, all of which are open to all members of the Society. Each Region has its own small committee of volunteers to run these activities. Currently we have Regional groups in the:
Yorkshire and Humber.
The Society is very keen to establish other local groups within the umbrella of the National Society.
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